What is your favorite room in your home?
My kitchen is the place I like to spend the most time. I cook and bake a lot—I use it as a form of relaxation and experimentation.
In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The wing-back chair; modern or traditional it’s cocooning, inviting and shelters us from life’s noises and drafts.
Form vs. function?
Function—without it there’s no need to have a form.
What one item do you wish you owned?
Simple, plastic ice cube trays that make big ice cubes. I drink iced lattes year round and keep running out of ice in the freezer.
What do you drive?
I don’t drive a vehicle; never have, never will.
What are your sources of inspiration?
Watching vintage movies for the exaggerated costumes and sets; famed interior designer Barbara Barry for her utmost restraint and perfection in a room.
What’s your personal decorating style?
Sloppy Parisian Writer and very room I decorate uses the equation: 70% traditional, 30% modern. Everything I bring into my place has a story so every room has far too many stories to tell.
What’s your favorite element/possession?
My collection of silk ties. I haven’t worn one in 15 years; thats the beauty of being a creative type.
Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
When everything is off the floor you will have a tidy, clean and organized space. Picking up newspapers, sweatshirts and shoes costs nothing.
What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received/given?
Choose a job that challenges and teaches something everyday—and when that stops, find another.